Saints News 3/14/13: Saints Sign Former Steeler CB Keenan Lewis To 5-Year Deal

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The team bolstered their defense with the signing of former Steeler cornerback Keenan Lewis. The New Orleans native was signed to a five-year deal worth $26.3M with $10. 5M in guarantees and a $6M signing bonus. He will have a base salary in 2013 of $1M.

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CB Keenan Lewis becomes the newest Saint

New Orleans Saints Sign CB Keenan Lewis To Five-Year Deal
Lewis, 6-1, 208 pounds, is a New Orleans native who prepped at O. Perry Walker High School and broke into the NFL as a third round draft pick (96th overall) in 2009

Saints, CB Keenan Lewis agree to terms on 5-year contract | wwltv.com New Orleans
"Having grown up here I understand the passion that the fans have for the Saints and I’m blessed to be able to have the chance to play in front of them here in the future," Lewis said in a news release. "I had a great visit with the Saints and am thankful for the time I spent with the Pittsburgh Steelers and wish them continued success."

Keenan Lewis Leaves Steelers For Saints « CBS Pittsburgh
A third round pick in 2009, Lewis started all 16 games with the Steelers last year in his first year as a starter with 71 tackles and 23 passes defended.

Saints sign Keenan Lewis to five-year deal | ProFootballTalk
Free agent cornerback Keenan Lewis is heading home to New Orleans. Lewis, a New Orleans native who has played his entire four-year career with the Steelers, signed a five-year deal with the Saints today.

Saints sign N.O. native Keenan Lewis to five-year deal | Black and Gold

Signing Keenan Lewis would be a nice start to free agency for New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
Under-the-radar New Orleans native ranked among top 20 free agents by most NFL analysts

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Other Saints news

Saints agreed to terms with QB Drew Brees 7 years ago today, changing franchise | wwltv.com New Orleans
Seven years ago today, the Saints made possibly the biggest move in the NFC South’s short history and easily the most important move in franchise history.

Kenner man accused of selling counterfeit New Oreans Saints jerseys in French Quarter | NOLA.com
A French Quarter merchant has been charged in federal court with selling counterfeit New Orleans Saints jerseys. Mohammed Sameer Ahmed, 36, of Kenner, was charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods in a bill of information filed Wednesday, according to U.S. Attorney Dana Boente's office. Ahmed is accused of peddling the phony jerseys in his French Quarter store, which was not identified by authorities. Investigators with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security found 58 counterfeit "Reebok" New Orleans Saints jerseys at the store between June and October of 2010, Boente's office said. Authentic NFL jerseys have a hologram tag. The fakes found at Ahmed's store carried counterfeit hologram tags, according to Boente's office. If convicted, Ahmed could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $2 million.

New Orleans Saints lose out on CB Derek Cox as he agrees to terms with Chargers | NOLA.com
Saints had Thursday visit set up with former Jaguars cornerback

Don’t rule out Saints in Nnamdi chase | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers have lured cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha back to the Bay Area for a visit. But don't rule out the team that employs one of the men who coached Nnamdi when he played in Oakland.

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Other NFL free agency news

Falcons agree to three-year deal with ex-Rams RB Steven Jackson
The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have agreed to terms with running back Steven Jackson on a three-year contract. The terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Atlanta Falcons agree to deal with running back Steven Jackson | NOLA.com
Jackson had been with the St. Louis Rams

Glazer: Matt Cassel, Minnesota Vikings agree to deal hours after release - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Matt Cassel, who was released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday morning, has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings, FOXSports.com has learned. Glazer: Matt Cassel, Minnesota Vikings agree to deal hours after release

Kansas City Chiefs release quarterback Matt Cassel - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Cassel’s departure from the Chiefs was considered inevitable. Kansas City completed a trade with San Francisco for new starter Alex Smith earlier this week and signed New Orleans Saints backup Chase Daniel in free agency.

Chicago Bears Jermon Bushrod contract details - chicagotribune.com
The six-year contract for Chicago Bears left tackle Jermon Bushrod has a total value of $35.965 million and $22.465 million guaranteed vs. injury through the first three years of the deal. Bushrod received an $11 million signing bonus and his 2013 base salary of $715,000 is fully guaranteed. His salary cap charge for 2013 is $3.015 million.

At long last, Bucs get safety they wanted - NFC South Blog - ESPN
TAMPA, Fla. -- Almost a year after first expressing interest in safety Dashon Goldson, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally got him. The Bucs and Goldson

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NFL Competition Committee proposed rule changes

Competition Committee proposes 6 rule changes, 3 bylaw changes | ProFootballTalk
The NFL's Competition Committee has proposed six rules changes and three bylaw changes that the owners will vote on at next week's league meeting. Proposed rule changes 1.

NFL may prevent runners from lowering their heads into tacklers | ProFootballTalk
Members of the NFL’s Competition Committee revealed today that they want to see a new rule that would make it a personal foul for either a runner or a tackler to engage in head-first contact with the crown of the helmet when running into each other outside the tackle box.

Competition Committee proposes changes to the red-flag rule | ProFootballTalk
One of the most embarrassing plays of the 2012 season -- for everyone involved -- occurred on Thanksgiving Day, when Texans running back Justin Forsett clearly fell down, got up, and ran the rest of the way to the end zone for an 81-yard score.

Eliminating infamous 'tuck' rule among changes NFL Competition Committee proposing | NOLA.com
NFL set to enforce thigh, knee pads in 2013

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Lagniappe

NFL Donates Football Sculpture to New Orleans Saints Facility
The sculpture is one of 10 that were placed around New Orleans leading up to Super Bowl XLVII

NFL drug tests Kirk Cousins at his Grandma's House | Los That Sports Blog

Kirk Cousins was asked to submit a drug test to the NFL while at his grandmother's house.

NFL's Sexual Orientation Concern Must Be Addressed, Says NY AG Eric Schneiderman
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman urged the NFL on Thursday to investigate whether possible draft picks were improperly asked about their sexual orientation during the league's combine, which he said would be illegal in New York.

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Video

VIDEO - Keenan Lewis "I am Happy to be Home"
DB Keenan Lewis talks to NewOrleansSaints.com about joining his hometown team. Lewis signed a five-year deal with the Saints on Thursday.

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